NFL Week 5

The Chicago Bears offensive line has allowed 15 sacks through the first four weeks of the season—ranking next-to-last in the NFL—only behind the St. Louis Rams with 19. Jay Cutler was sacked like a punching bag 11 times in the first two weeks. However, the protection has improved, allowing just four sacks in the past two games. Detroit's defense is tied for 16th in the league with nine sacks. Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch are the stout starting defensive ends. Vanden Bosch has three sacks, while Avril has one. Ndamukong [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
What a difference a week makes. Improved offensive line play — thanks in part to newly signed tackle Max Starks — and the hard running of third-year Bowie State product Isaac Redman sparked the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) offense today, leading to a 38-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans (3-1). After Redman’s performance, Rashard Mendenhall may have difficulty earning his starting job back. Nice game by Jonathan Dwyer in relief, too. Almost as importantly, Pittsburgh’s defense looked much like its old self today — at least after an opening drive in which its defense struggled to stop the run and committed a few costly penalties. I think it's safe to say Mike Tomlin sent a message to the team before the game. The Titans will now enjoy a week off heading to a bye, while [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
Only one undefeated team left through the first quarter of the season, and that's likely to change after this week. Here are the picks for Week 5. Jaguars @ Bills Simple case of riding momentum. pick: [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
My Top 7 Points from Sunday column is published by the New York Times. Click here to read the Week 5 edition, or copy and paste this link: http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/top-7-points-from-week-5-boring-in-buffalo/ [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Whew, we won that one.  Although it wasn't really close, and the Texans should have beat the Raiders, I was worried.  What with the defensive problems we have had, and our run game shuddering. Although the Texans won convincingly against the Raiders, just remember that we played one of, if not the, worst teams in the league.  Sorry Raider fans but that is reality.  The Texans defense held the black and silver to just 165 yards on offense and only 6 points.  That sounds really good and if it was against someone like the Titans or Broncos I might get all excited but it wasn't, it was the Raiders. The week 5 game is against the defending NFC champion Arizona Cardinals in their home field.  Just like last week, on paper the Texans have the advantage in almost every stat there [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Pittsburgh Steelers 26, Jacksonville Jaguars 21 Epic game from Big Ben – particularly in the closing minutes when he made play after play under heavy duress. One can’t help but ask, Where is the Jaguar pass-rush? Weren’t Jacksonville’s top two draft picks supposed to infuse some life up front? The only defensive end playing worth a darn right now is Paul Spicer, the man who was scheduled to be a backup at this [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
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